The next meeting of the group will be on Monday 11th March from 7pm to 9pm.
There will be a talk from Johnanna Carrie and Pat Abel on “Edinburgh Transition Towns, Sustainability and Climate Justice.” All are welcome!
Watch the video below to find out more about Transition and please share the event with friends!
Last month WDM Edinburgh and Lothian members celebrated our Christmas dinner. In January?! Yup, everyone is so busy in the lead up to Christmas that we have our January meeting in a restaurant, and following last year’s form this was the tasty Cafe India!
This is a quick blog before out first proper meeting of 2013 on 11th February, as normal at 7pm in Quaker Meeting House. No talks planned this week but following the food theme we are planning for our Farmers’ Market stall later in the month, looking at how we can support WDM campaigns in 2013 and having a discussion on the new IF campaign by a broad coalition of UK aid agencies.
The inside story on international climate negotiations! What happens at global meetings on climate and sustainability? Do they produce results? What role do NGOs play? What’s it like to be there?
Marcus Gustafsson (Y-Climate Action, YMCA-YWCA of Sweden, World Alliance of YMCAs) will be speaking at our December meeting (10th Dec). Marcus was an accredited delegate at the recent Rio+20 summit and Doha Climate Change Conference. He will be at WDM’s next meeting to discuss our questions on these global meetings.
Marcus’ bio is here: http://scenetwork.co.uk/research-assistants
(P.S. if this sounds familiar this event was planned for October but had to be cancelled at the last minute.)
Monday 10th December 2012
Quaker Meeting House, Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL – directions
Marcus’ talk and discussion 8-9pm
(come at 7pm to be part of the normal WDM campaign planning)
Free, everyone welcome, no need to book
Join us for a Scottish skills and networking day for campaigners. WDM Edinburgh will be holding a stall at the farmers’ market in the morning from 10:30 and then joining others from Amnesty International, Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Jubilee Scotland, Oxfam Scotland and SCIAF. All welcome, its free and you can book at the link below.
Making a movement: a skills share and networking day for local campaign groups in Scotland
When: Saturday 27 October: 12pm – 5pm
Where: Augustine United Church, Edinburgh
Details at: www.wdm.org.uk/events/skillshare-and-networking-day
Marcus Gustafsson (Y-Climate Action, YMCA-YWCA of Sweden, World Alliance of YMCAs) will be speaking at our October meeting (8th Oct), everyone is welcome to come!
Marcus was an accredited delegate at the Rio+20 summit and so can give us the inside track on what went on and some insight into what the summit outcomes mean. Hopefully it will inform our future campaigning and pressure on UK govt. Marcus’ bio is here: http://scenetwork.co.uk/research-assistants (Info reposted from last month)
In other news, two members of the group travelled to Inverkeithing to meet with Catherine Stihler MEP, a substitute member of the European committee voting this week on food speculation. She is supportive of WDM and tweeted about the meeting here. Fingers’ crossed for this important vote we’ve been campaigning on for over a year.
Finally few shoutouts about interesting Edinburgh events you can get involved with:
- Take One Action Film festival 21 Sept to 6 October
- Edinburgh World Justice Festival 6 – 17 October
- Stop Climate Chaos Scotland are planning a mass lobby of the Scottish Parliament on Oct 25
- Fairtrade Foundation in the Big Fair Bake, between 24 Sept and 4 Oct